6/10 Brian Staff review, 01 July 2010
Apparently this old producer duffer called Chris Thomas has been roped in to make Mystery Jets 3rd album sound all uber-flash & proper rockin' and that. He was the man behind 'Anarchy in the UK', something which he probably bolds in uppercase on his CV. It was a pretty mighty sounding record. 33 fucking years ago. 'Serotonin' is a varied sounding album that sounds heavily doctored & all the worse for it. There's stadium-indie dynamics ala Temper Trap, bad woozy analogue keyboard sounds, close harmonising ala Grizzly Bear, cheesy late 70s FM radio baz like The Cars and "sexydisco" dayglo 80s plodders that make some of the tracks from the last Franz Ferdinand album sound truly cutting edge. None of the songs here are particularly bad, they're all fairly well sculpted & catchy. I just find them (largely) rendered unpalatable due to the extra-compressed & bland production, plus the dubious sound palette that's often employed by this "70s legend". I mean, if records sound dated on the day of release, how they gonna sound in 10 years? They should have kept their Dad in the band, they were good then, had a bit of "edge". PS. I really like the single though, reminds me of being a "kid".
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